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The Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand is a charity that works towards creating a society free from discrimination, where all people enjoy positive mental health & wellbeing.

We work to influence individuals, whanau, organisations and communities to improve and sustain their mental health and reach their full potential. 

Right now, you are on our Staying Well positive mental health and wellbeing section; you will find information on mental health conditions, where to get help and how to support those you love and care about in our Get Help section. Although we are not a counselling or advice service, our information officers are happy to point you in the right direction to find help.

Spreading mental health awareness

  • We are a Kiwi charity
  • We work with amazing people
  • We run dynamic programmes
  • We focus on the Five Ways
  • We influence mental health policies
  • We provide free information
  • We break down barriers
  • We talk in plain language
  • We have a suicide prevention focus
  • We tell incredible stories
  • We walk the talk
  • We totally understand positive mental health

... creating hope

Meltwater news

Young Cantabs seek mental health help 35,000 times in a year

Canterbury children and teenagers sought help from mental health professionals at least 35,000 times last year as they struggled to cope...

Parents petition to release Ashley from Porirua

Porirua seclusion unit causing 'immense damage' to their son.

Porirua seclusion unit causing 'immense damage' to their son.


Are we torturing our mentally ill?

The family of an autistic man held in isolation is petitioning the Heath Minister to intervene in his case. Ashley Peacock, 38, has spent...

Kirsty Johnston: Investigating Mental Health Treatment

NZ Herald investigative journalist Kirsty Johnston has been looking into the treatment of mentally unwell people, discovering cases of...

'I'd rather be in the wilds' – Has the treatment of Ashley Peacock been inhumane?

He grins like a cartoon character, his handshake is firm, his eyes are bright blue and steady.

When I first meet Ashley Peacock, 38, it's...

Pop-up baking for mental health

Over Friday and Saturday of last week, the Flying Monkey Pre-Loved Book Emporium in Ridgway St did a roaring trade in ... cakes.
The Pop-Up...

Paraparaumu named as NZ’s friendliest town

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Paraparaumu has topped more than 100 towns and cities across the country to win the first ever Neighbours Day...

Brother shares Tink's story for suicide awareness and prevention

David Down has raised just over $6000 for suicide prevention awareness by not drinking alcohol, shaving or cutting his hair for a year. He...

Fieldays provides a feast of farming initiatives

OPINION: Fieldays has wrapped up for year and was another massive success, with more than 130,000 visitors including 500 international...

Reach out to prevent suicide

The Whanganui Region's high suicide rate - especially in rural places - is worrying, Whanganui District Health Board mental health service...

Putting an end to pulling out my hair

When the urge hits Monique Turner to pull out her hair she can't resist the temptation.

Most people don't even know the 23-year-old's...

Seclusion solutions proposed for Nelson unit

The Office of the Ombudsman has recommended a mental health unit in Nelson not routinely admit new patients to seclusion, and give those in...

Another achievement for teenager with a mission

HE'S only 18 years old, but Ezekiel Raui has already helped kick-start a youth-focused peer support programme, established a leadership...

High achiever in running for top award

Ezekiel Raui is only 18 years old but he has already helped kickstart a youth-focused peer support programme, established a leadership...

Invercargill Grief and Loss Awareness Centre to open

Invercargill's first official grief and loss awareness centre is set to open, filling a need identified by the community, organisers say....
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Laser Group

Laser Group

Scott Carr, General Manager of Laser Group New Zealand, is incredibly proud of the almost $50,000 raised this year for the Mental Health Foundation through fundraising activities.

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